I've just recently been getting into Nilsson. I've known about him for years; probably 25 years at least, because of his Lennon connection. Watching the Nilsson doc made me pay particular attention to Nilsson in his own right. I picked up a bunch of his music and found that he's a real musical oddity. He's a good writer in the Bacharach sense, and he's a good singer like Brian Wilson almost. And except for one occasion (Nilsson Schmilsson) he was out of step with current trends. Listening to his first album, I don't quite understand why Lennon liked him so much. He wasn't the kind of musician Lennon seemed to like. He even exhibited exaggerations of McCartney's "music hall" style. I think Lennon liked the darker "Mr. Richard's Favorite Song", but it still doesn't seem like the kind of music he'd like. However, it's not at all surprising that McCartney liked him, and commissioned "The Puppy Song" from him. I watched some of his BBC performances on YouTube, and he almost appears to be channeling McCartney, particularly when he sits at the piano and looks up and down at the camera. He almost looks like a blond McCartney. Beatles aside, Nilsson seemed like a Brian Wilson/sensitive, type of musician on the first few albums. Nilsson Schmilsson seems like a commercialization of his style - still the old Nilsson, but widely appealing. After that he seemed to take on the carousing/partying persona. I can't believe the guy who wore that cap was the same guy. The guy in Ringo's "Only You" video doesn't seem much like the "Me And My Arrow" guy. The doc sheds some light on this, accentuating the role of his divorce, but the transformation was quite remarkable, even considering the role of a painful divorce. I don't know when the wild stuff started, but it seemed like he lost himself altogether in Lennon's presence. Trying to sing like Lennon, and supposedly even trying to out "shout" him was absurdly self-destructive. Not telling Lennon that his voice was shot because he thought Lennon would leave is such an insecure move. Besides, how could he hide what happened to his voice? It seemed like that brief interlude with Lennon not only resulted in the loss of his former vocal prowess, but also turned him into a "Lost Weekend Yoko" to the wider public, someone supposedly leading Lennon around and getting him into trouble. He was "that" guy, the guy with the flip cap throwing the punch outside the Troubadour. I don't have a particular point.